With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win on Sunday afternoon and the subsequent loss of the L.A. Rams to the San Fransico 49ers, the Bucs were able to grab the number two seed in the NFC as they head to the playoffs.
Considering the issues the Bucs have been dealing with the past few weeks, not only in reference to the Antonio Brown drama, but far more so in regard to their plethora of injuries suffered to key players, the Bucs earning the number two seed is quite the accomplishment.
Not many teams could have overcome dealing with the carousel of players the Bucs have had to make work in their starting lineups nearly every Sunday this season. It is surely a testament to the coaching staff, veteran players, and Tom Brady’s adaptability that the Bucs have still managed to have a fantastic year when most other teams would have been derailed.
The number two seed was not as easily-attained as many thought it would be at the beginning of the season, but it was definitely earned. Even though they won a Super Bowl last year, it seems as if the Bucs were not truly battle-tested until this year. There were not many “easy” games, in fact, nearly all of them were far closer than they should have been, but at the end of the day, the Bucs almost always still found a way to come out of those games with a win.
A huge part of this change has come from Tom Brady. The greatest quarterback in franchise history has obviously changed the team from top to bottom and winning games is his specialty.
This change and the current standing is certainly due to the success on the offensive side of the ball that stems from Brady, but another legend also helped Tampa in their playoff race.
Leave it to John Lynch and the 49ers to find a way to help out his old team. Lynch has emerged as one of the better GMs in the league, and it is only fitting that he made the playoffs that much easier for the Buccaneers.
As the Bucs prepare for the postseason, it’s crucial they keep the edge they have been forced to play with all season because of the lack of healthy players. Fans shouldn’t expect any pretty or perfect games from the Bucs as the team this year, but a win is a win, especially in the playoffs.
The Bucs will now get to set to play the Philadelphia Eagles in the first round of the playoffs with home field advantage, which should prove to be a great game.
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